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Another way to increase rates of flu vaccination?

A recent study published earlier this year reports that immunizing surgical patients for the seasonal flu before they are discharged home from the hospital is safe. This article could provide a basis for hospital wide policy changes during flu season.

Another way to increase rates of flu vaccination?

A recent study published earlier this year reports that immunizing surgical patients for the seasonal flu before they are discharged home from the hospital is safe. This article could provide a basis for hospital wide policy changes during flu season.

A surgical OSA treatment shows benefit sustained for 42 months

The pivotal STAR trial showed the surgically implanted Inspire system improved OSA outcomes at 12 months, but a recent study with longer follow-up, showed sustained OSA benefits at 42 months after implantation. http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/109940/sleep-medicine/upper-airway-stimulation-obstructive-sleep-apnea-shows?channel=267

A surgical OSA treatment shows benefit sustained for 42 months

The pivotal STAR trial showed the surgically implanted Inspire system improved OSA outcomes at 12 months, but a recent study with longer follow-up, showed sustained OSA benefits at 42 months after implantation. http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/109940/sleep-medicine/upper-airway-stimulation-obstructive-sleep-apnea-shows?channel=267

Geographic location differences in thyroidectomy rates

A recent cross sectional analysis showed a 6.2-fold in thyroidectomy rates across referral level US hospitals, making it the procedure with the most variation across different regions. http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/150512/pituitary-thyroid-adrenal-disorders/location-matters-when-it-comes?channel=267

Geographic location differences in thyroidectomy rates

A recent cross sectional analysis showed a 6.2-fold in thyroidectomy rates across referral level US hospitals, making it the procedure with the most variation across different regions. http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/150512/pituitary-thyroid-adrenal-disorders/location-matters-when-it-comes?channel=267

Is blood hurting our cancer patients?

A recent retrospective study found that perioperative blood transfusion led to worse outcomes in patients undergoing nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma. Read the article to see why the authors think this is.   http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/151135/renal-cell-carcinoma/perioperative-blood-transfusion-linked-worse?channel=340

Is blood hurting our cancer patients?

A recent retrospective study found that perioperative blood transfusion led to worse outcomes in patients undergoing nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma. Read the article to see why the authors think this is.   http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/151135/renal-cell-carcinoma/perioperative-blood-transfusion-linked-worse?channel=340

How many pain pills are enough?

Recently, the overprescription of opioids post operatively has been highlighted by studies and conferences across the country. A recent study suggests that a 7 day initial opioid prescription is sufficient for the majority of general surgery procedures.   http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/151430/pain/seven-days-opioids-adequate-most-hernia-and-other-general-surgery?channel=338

How many pain pills are enough?

Recently, the overprescription of opioids post operatively has been highlighted by studies and conferences across the country. A recent study suggests that a 7 day initial opioid prescription is sufficient for the majority of general surgery procedures.   http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/151430/pain/seven-days-opioids-adequate-most-hernia-and-other-general-surgery?channel=338

Botox for a hernia?

A recent study found that using botox prior to hernia surgery led to relax abdominal muscles and an increase in abdominal wall length by 8cm on average. This increase length could aid in hernia closure.   http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/144229/hernia/botox-smooths-prep-hernia-surgery?channel=338

Botox for a hernia?

A recent study found that using botox prior to hernia surgery led to relax abdominal muscles and an increase in abdominal wall length by 8cm on average. This increase length could aid in hernia closure.   http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/144229/hernia/botox-smooths-prep-hernia-surgery?channel=338

Does a leak test increase leak rates?

A new study from UCI says yes. The researchers found a higher complication rate when having the anesthesiologist perform the test, without visual guidance, and suggest using endoscopy to decrease injury rate. http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/152487/bariatric-surgery/bariatric-surgery-leak-test-may-backfire

Does a leak test increase leak rates?

A new study from UCI says yes. The researchers found a higher complication rate when having the anesthesiologist perform the test, without visual guidance, and suggest using endoscopy to decrease injury rate. http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/152487/bariatric-surgery/bariatric-surgery-leak-test-may-backfire